Let 2 sticks of butter soften on the counter. Do not use the microwave to soften or melt the butter!
Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a small sauté pan and warm over medium heat. Add shallots and allow them to soften for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and let the mixture cook for an additional 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant and soft. Remove from heat.
Add sticks of softened butter to a small bowl. Add cooked shallot and garlic. Also add minced chives, parsley and 1 tsp salt (you will use less if your butter is salted) Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the ingredients into the butter until well combined.
Turn out butter onto a square of plastic wrap and form a log with the butter. Wrap it up, twist the ends and pop the compound butter into the fridge for at least 2 hours to let it become firm again.
Add a thick slice of butter to hot steak, fish, or sautéed veggies!